NY Governor Andrew Cuomo: Please Sign Maternal Depression Legislation This Year
  • Petitioned The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo

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Governor of New York
The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo: Please Sign Maternal Depression Legislation This Year

    1. Petition by

      Postpartum Resource Center of New York, Inc.

The debilitating illness of Maternal Depression is a major public health concern, affecting over 50,000 New York State mothers and their families each year. As the Executive Director of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York, I've seen this firsthand. I've seen family members struggle with Maternal Depression over the years, and countless new mothers who haven't had the resources to help them cope.

According to the NYS Department of Health, postpartum depression is the most common medical disorder after childbirth. Now is our chance to make sure Gov. Andrew Cuomo knows how important this issue is.

Maternal Depression legislation sponsored by State Senator Liz Krueger and Assembly Member Richard Gottfried was passed earlier this year. But time is running out - it still needs Gov. Andrew Cuomo's signature before the end of the year to become law!

The legislation, A7667-B/S3137-C, defines Maternal Depression, provides maternal depression education, and establishes a screening and referral plan for the state.

This  critical legislation will spur early identification and treatment of postpartum depression and other perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and can help prevent needless tragedies. Please join us and urge Gov. Cuomo to sign this bill now before  time runs out on the bill! And share this with others!

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    1. Thank you to all for your support!

      On behalf of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York, I would like to thank each and everyone of you for signing this petition, sharing it with others and showing your support for this bill.

      While Governor Cuomo made the unfortunate decision to veto this bill, we will continue to fight on to see that it will be brought up again by the legislature, passed and signed by the Governor in 2014.

      You can help us with this effort by writing, emailing or calling the Governor's office to let him know of your displeasure in vetoing this important legislation. You can also send a comment via a "tweet" to @NYGovCuomo - as he is connected to various social media, including Facebook.

      If you would like to keep up with our work on Twitter, you may find us @postpartumny

      Thank you again for caring.

      Sincerely,
      Sonia Murdock
      Executive Director
      Postpartum Resource Center of New York
      www.postpartumny.org
      Statewide Helpline (Hablamos Espanol)
      Toll Free (855) 631-0001
      or (631) 422-2255

    2. Governor Andrew Cuomo Vetoes Maternal Depression Bill.

      Below is an excerpt from our press release.

      We are greatly disappointed and dismayed that Governor Cuomo vetoed the Maternal Depression bill. He had an opportunity to approve milestone legislation that would have supported women in helping to save lives and increase early identification of the most common medical disorder after childbirth, postpartum depression that effects over 50,000 New York State women and families each year.

      We all play a role in the Maternal Depression Safety Net to decrease stigma and to prevent tragedies. Unfortunately in this case, the Governor did not step up and do the right thing for New Yorkers.

      Sonia Murdock
      Executive Director
      Postpartum Resource Center of New York
      www.postpartumny.org
      Statewide Helpline (Hablamos Espanol)
      Toll Free (855) 631-0001
      or (631) 422-2255

    3. Petition submitted to Governor Andrew Cuomo!

      Thank you to everyone for your support in signing our Maternal Depression bill petition. We have sent in the petition to the Governor with your signatures and comments.

      Even though we have submitted the petition, we have kept the online petition open until we hear the Governor's decision so as to give everyone an opportunity to use their voice to let Governor Cuomo know that the Maternal Depression law is needed.

      PLEASE NOTE: If you or someone you know needs help, please reach out to us. www.postpartumny.org - Toll-free Helpline 855-631-0001. Hablamos Español

      ***We provide free and confidential emotional support, resources and information.***

    4. Over 6,000 signatures!! Thanks so much to all for your support!

      We are so grateful for this incredible response to our petition and want each of you to know how appreciative we are for your support in signing our petition and sharing with others!

      Please know that we need your help to continue spreading the word to New Yorkers and giving everyone an opportunity to use their voice to let Governor Cuomo know that the Maternal Depression law is needed.

      Both the New York State Senate and Assembly passed this bill with unanimous votes this past summer.

      PLEASE NOTE: If you or someone you know needs help, please reach out to us. www.postpartumny.org - Toll-free Helpline 855-631-0001. Hablamos Español

      ***We provide free and confidential emotional support, resources and information.***

    5. Reached 6,000 signatures
    6. Over 5,000 signatures! Thank you all so much for your support!

      Please know that we are so grateful for the tremendous response to our petition and want each of you to know how appreciative we are for your support in signing our petition and sharing with others!

      We need your help to continue spreading the word to New Yorkers and giving everyone an opportunity to use their voice to let Governor Cuomo know that the Maternal Depression law is needed.

      PLEASE NOTE: If you or someone you know needs help, please reach out to us. www.postpartumny.org - Toll-free Helpline 855-631-0001. Hablamos Español

      ***We provide free and confidential emotional support, resources and information.***

    7. Reached 5,000 signatures
    8. Over 3,000 signatures!

      We are so grateful to each of you for your support in signing our petition and sharing with others!

      We need your help to continue spreading the word to New Yorkers and giving everyone an opportunity to use their voice to let Governor Cuomo know that the Maternal Depression law is needed.

      PLEASE NOTE: If you or someone you know needs help, please reach out to us. www.postpartumny.org - Toll-free Helpline 855-631-0001. Hablamos Español

      ***We provide free and confidential emotional support, resources and information.***

    9. Reached 3,000 signatures
    10. Way to go - We've hit 2,000 signatures and continue on!

      Thank you to each of you for your support in signing our petition and sharing with others!

      We need your help to continue spreading the word to New Yorkers and giving everyone an opportunity to use their voice to let Governor Cuomo know that the Maternal Depression law is needed.

      If you or someone you know needs help, please reach out to us. www.postpartumny.org Helpline 855-631-0001

    11. Reached 2,000 signatures
    12. Over 1,500 Signatures so far!

      Thank you!! Your support has helped us reach over 1,500 signatures so far!

      Thank you to each of you for your support in signing our petition and sharing with others!

      We need your help to continue spreading the word to New Yorkers and giving everyone an opportunity to use their voice to let Governor Cuomo know that the Maternal Depression law is needed.

      If you or someone you know needs help, please reach out to us. www.postpartumny.org Helpline 855-631-0001

    13. Reached 1,500 signatures
    14. We reached 1,000 signatures! Let's make it 2,000!

      Because of the great response to this petition, we've decided to raise the goal to 2,000 signatures to make sure more voices supporting this important legislation are heard by Governor Andrew Cuomo!

      Thank you to each of you for your support in signing our petition sharing with others!

      We need your help to continue spreading the word to New Yorkers and giving everyone an opportunity to use their voice to let Governor Cuomo know that the Maternal Depression law is needed.

      If you or someone you know needs help, please reach out to us. www.postpartumny.org Helpline 855-631-0001

    15. Reached 1,000 signatures
    16. Less than 200 signatures needed to reach goal!

      Thank you to each of you for your support in signing our petition and sharing with others!

      We need your help to continue spreading the word to New Yorkers and giving everyone an opportunity to use their voice to let Governor Cuomo know that the Maternal Depression law is needed.

      If you or someone you know needs help, please reach out to us. www.postpartumny.org Helpline 855-631-0001

    17. Reached 750 signatures
    18. Thank you!!! We are half way to our goal!

      Thank you for being a part of something that is so important! You have helped us to reach 500 signatures! 500 to go . . . keep spreading the word to New Yorkers! If you or someone you know needs help, please reach out to www.postpartumny.org Helpline 855-631-0001

      The Postpartum Resource Center of New York, Inc.

      The Postpartum Resource Center of New York, Inc. is a self-help organization established to provide emotional support, educational information and healthcare and support group referrals to mothers suffering from prenatal and postpartum depression (PPD).

    19. Reached 500 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Rachel Knopf BROOKLYN, NY
      • 11 months ago

      As a pregnant woman who is related to women who have experienced undiagnosed postpartum depression that spiraled into very, very serious mental health issues this issue is very important and personal to me.

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    • Erica Gorrow BUFFALO, NY
      • 11 months ago

      I have had five kids and thank God never had any post partum depression but having a newborn baby alone not to mention already having other kids is hard enough. I could not imagine what it's like to have a serious phyciatric condition that impacts your ability to function and take care of yourself let alone a infant. These women feel guilty,ashamed,alone there spouse and family can't help and don't understand and with no real treatment,screening,or funding to get the treatment other serious illnesses get we are appalled and judgmental when something tragic happens and its too late. I have had experience having children and have been treated for severe depression and anxiety but never had this cause I was on medication and being treated with trauma therapy. I also grew up with a girl who a couple years ago had mental health issues and was even in mental health court programs,in and out of outpatient treatments and jail was diagnosed with mental health issues and some how still slipped thru the huge holes in the system and smothered her baby because the baby was crying as babies often due. That is one example of someone who had help and treatment can you imagine what could happen with the others that don't?

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    • Beverly Nestrick JOHNSON CITY, NY
      • 11 months ago

      I've gone through it and have seen my daughter and daughter in laws suffer through it as well

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    • Tina Cobb WATERTOWN, NY
      • 11 months ago

      Maternal depression affects thousands of families across New York State. We often hear about fatalities associated to maternal depression but the issue impacts families in so many more ways. Please consider signing this important legislation.

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    • Peggie Morris BRONX, NY
      • 11 months ago

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